Thursday, September 27, 2012

Intro to Me (Part 3 -- A Better Me?)

What am I trying to do here besides bitch and complain?   I just want to document my journey as I try out different things.... I want to shout from the mountaintops when I've accomplished a goal (or at least made some progress) and I want to have a pity party when I've had a setback.

First,  I need to put some starting stats up.   As I said, I'm not sure how many of these I can change, so I'm not really going to give myself exact goals.   That makes it harder because it is easier to be motivated when you have exact goals.   The only goal I will give myself is weight because although due to some circumstances I might not be able to get down to my preferred weight, I think there is no reason I shouldn't be able to get down to my official healthy range weight.

Obviously, my ideal is to reverse my diabetes and get off all diabetes drugs and the blood pressure meds.   But, I'm not sure if my pancreas is too damaged for that now.   It is something to ask the endocrinologist at the next appointment.  But, I would like to at least be able to reduce the amount of insulin I'm taking.   I'm going to get very obsessive about my numbers... I did that once and was having some good numbers.   My latest A1C (this is a number that sort of averages the last 3 months of blood glucose numbers) was 7%.   Most medical associations say that you don't want to go over 7% as a diabetic.  My endo is more strict and wants it closer to 6%.  I do, too! 

So, as I mentioned, I weigh 164.8 as of this morning (9/26/2012).  I absolutely want to get to 130, which will put me at the top of the official healthy range for my height.   In 90 days, as I said, 10 lbs will make me ecstatic.  So, if 3 months from now I weigh 155, yay for me (incidentally, I weighed 155 lbs when I was diagnosed with diabetes).

I want my triglycerides as close to normal as possible.   My June report said they were a whopping 530, which is extremely high.   Luckily, they dropped down to 330 in September, which is still very high, but lowering.

And it would be nice to get off the blood pressure meds because technically, the migraine med I take is also a blood pressure med, so I shouldn't need two!!

Now, that was all just the health stuff....   I also want to get my house clean and organized and maybe reclaim some of my former self... the things I used to like to do.

So, let's just recap:

  • Improve/reverse diabetes and reduce/eliminate diabetes meds
  • Lose 10 lbs in 90 days (with ultimate goal of 30ish lbs)
  • Lower triglycerides
  • Get off blood pressure med
  • Clean house
  • Find the old me

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